Developer confirms Flappy Bird eventually returning to App Store

flappy-bird1514Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen confirmed on Twitter that his popular game will be returning to the iOS App Store. Gawker noticed the tweet, which was a response to a specific question about the game’s return. Nguyen didn’t beat around the bush and responded with an unequivocal “Yes.”

Nguyen didn’t provide a timeframe for the game’s return, but did say it won’t be soon. If he is waiting to put the game back into the store, it’s possible he is using this extra time to add new features and put some polish on the existing game.

In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Nguyen said he pulled the game from the App Store because people were playing it too much. He said in the interview that he may consider resurrecting the game, but would include a way that warn people to take a break from playing.

Flappy Bird landed in the App Store early in 2013 and didn’t take off until the end of the year. In the first few months of 2014, the game rose to the top of the over all iOS App Store and the individual gaming category. The 8-bit game was easy to learn, but difficult to win, making it perfectly suited to go viral. Flappy Bird’s rapid rise to the top began in earnest when users started sharing their abysmal scores on social networks and word about the game spread like wildfire.

At its peak, Nguyen allegedly was making over $50,000 a day in ad revenue from the game. He eventually pulled the title after fans began emailing him with tales of woe — several had lost their significant other, while others were fired from their job because they couldn’t stop playing his game. He took those stories to heart and opted to remove his game. Nguyen then disappeared from the spotlight until his Rolling Stone interview earlier this month.

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  • Dave Stitt

    Excited? Because some guy trolled everyone & pulled his game because “he couldn’t take it,” then brings it back? Nah, I’ll save my excitement for something else.

    • Gautam

      Haha .. Agree!

  • fdfdfd

    Well at least this show us that he has read some books on economics at least.
    This is like the first thing you learn.

    • EVH

      It’s a stupid pointless game that you get absolutely nothing out of.

      • Diesel

        Isn’t that every game?

        • Jin

          Other games are actually fun.

  • mike

    I have an Iphone 5s 16 gig with flappy bird installed on it, anyone interested in buying it. This is not a prank, only serioius responses. asking $50,000. Please email if your serious at, Thx Mike

    • Craig A. Thompson

      I’ll take it!!! Can I give you $300,000 for it though? I’ve always wanted to pay someone that much money for a horrible kindergarten game that has been done before countless times. I can even throw in my car.

      • Naka Lukumanu

        Emailed a guy on craigslist about his phone. He actually was trying to sell it for $1000 “with flappy bird”.
        I said “really bro? I have it on my account, I can download it whenever I wand, besides, with Appsync you can install whatever you want too”
        He was like “Word. Have a good day”

      • Carter

        ignorance n disknowince. u unejucated fool. learn ta formitabl opinonoin b4 u speak…hahaha makin fool amongst yoself